1105RA Indian Blackouts Underscore Disaster Planning Must Include Offshoring
Author: Charlie Burns
On Monday, 30 July, 2012, India’s Northern power grid failed and left over 320 million people without electrical power. Then Tuesday, 31 July, three of India’s power grids (the Northern, the Eastern, and the Northeastern) failed causing a blackout affecting over 620 million people. All power was restored on Wednesday, 1 Aug. These unprecedented outages stopped many businesses that lacked sufficient disaster recovery capabilities and crippled remaining businesses by preventing untold workers from commuting to work.